VAN HORNE TO WORTHINGTON
Zanesville 13th April 1812
The Governor left this place for Lancaster yesterday thence for Chili- cothe &c to Cincinnati to organize the Detachment of 1200. One Company is about raising here of Volunteers, one at St. Clairsville, &c Major Reynolds Capt. Jos. Cairns Lieut & my oldest son Ensign -- my son goes on today to accompany the Govr. to carry his orders to Urbana, Dayton &c and will join the detachment at Cincinnati.
Genl. Cass is appointed Lt. Col. to Command in the Detachment how it is to be organized or by whom commanded I cannot yet learn probably Genl. Cass.
The organization, and Staff Appointments, I am apprehensive will not accord with the arrangements of the Troops of the United States -- But a little reflection may yet set all right.
I take it for Granted that war is unavoidable in which case, I should like to see the Volunteers, and whatever Troops can be immediately collected, sever Upper Canada from the British without delay, the Indians will be cut off from resources & thus lessen our extensive frontier.
Accept my gratitude for attending to my concerning at Mr. Gales &c shall attend to your directions
My eldest son Isaac Van Horne, the only son now who can render me service at home, aged about 22 years, seems determined to Join the army -- he has now accepted an Ensigncy in our Volunteer Compy to join at Cincinnati. Seeing he is bent on going (as I was at his age) I should have been glad of an appoint- ment for him in the Regular Troops (probably now too late) If however a berth should of::er by non-acceptance of some of those lately appointed -- of 1 or 2d. Lieutenant, should be under renewed Obligations to you could you affect it. Recommendations would long since have been sent on for him -- but the loss of my second son last winter-- made me anxious to keep him at home -- I have however at length considered it my duty to yield to his desires, when our common country is in danger -- Probably my friends Gregg & Morrow will aid you in the application
Accept sir &c
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